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Fun suitcases for every type of traveler
Some are fabulous. Some are functional. And some cost more than your airfare
Black suitcases aren't only boring, they're much more likely to be grabbed by someone else at the luggage carousel.
Figure out which type of traveler you are and pack one of these instead.
Thrifty traveler -- Patagonia MLC
This affordable and efficient suitcase can be worn or carried in three different ways -- as a backpack, a shoulder bag and a briefcase -- and is ideal for the thrifty traveler planning to walk a lot and use crowded public transportation.
US$159 at www.patagonia.com
Outdoor adventurer -- Globe-Trotter Safari Trolley Case
These vintage trunk-style suitcases look rather like what Indiana Jones (or his girlfriend) might take on an expedition.
Handmade in England of vulcanized fiberboard, these suitcases are actually as strong as leather.
Random fact: they can even withstand the weight of an elephant’s foot.
21-inch trolley case approximately $1,285 at www.globetrotter1897.com
Business traveler -- Tumi Super Léger International Carry-On from the Voyageur Collection
We'll never understand why business travelers are so crazy about Tumi. (Remember their scratchy and stiff ballistic nylon suitcases?)
But even we can appreciate their success in finally learning to combine versatility and design with the new soft suitcase.
The Super Léger International Carry-On from the Voyageur collection weighs only 2.3 kilos, leaving plenty of room for suits and shoes.
US$395 at www.tumi.com
Modern art lover -- Bric's Campari Munari Carry-On Trolley
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Campari, Bric's Milano created a collection of bags and suitcases based on Italian artist Bruno Munari's artwork "Manifesto Campari," which is housed in MoMA in New York City.
While some people may not know (or care) what any of that means, travelers toting this limited edition will get knowing looks from fellow art-lovers at the airport.
US$525 at www.brics.com
Beach bum -- Halsea Boat Canyon
Being decked out in flamboyant Hawaiian-wear while sipping a tropical drink at the beach is what Halsea’s casual beach style is all about.
Packing the Boat Canyon suitcase -- in bright ocean blue mixed with a cute pattern of crabs climbing on tangled ropes -- will transport you to a tropical mood.
The rolling suitcase comes with a shell-pink lining and a spacious three-compartment interior.
US$385.00 at www.halsea.com
Hardcore hiker -- Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60
Hours of hiking, climbing or camping carrying a heavy pack can take a toll on your back.
Granite Gear's Blaze A.C. 60 pack weighs only 1.3 kilos with an ergonomically designed air current suspension, releasing heat from the back and providing cool comfort.
This Backpacker’s Magazine Editor’s Choice 2011 award-winning lightweight pack comes in a men’s model and a women’s model sculpted to fit women’s hips.
US$229.95 at www.granitegearstore.com
Tech geek -- Trip Sound suitcase
TravelTeq’s Dutch-designed Trip Sound suitcase is every gadget geek’s dream come true.
Like something out of "Inspector Gadget," this traveling boom box not only carries your belongings but transforms into a chair with a built-in MP3 player dock and stereo speakers making endless waits at the airport slightly more entertaining.
Approximately US$647.00 at www.travelteq.com
Luxury traveler -- Louis Vuitton Pégase 55
If you've got a bigger travel budget than you know what to do with, the Louis Vuitton Pégase 55 in red Epi leather is stylish but discreet, unlike the monogram canvas model most Louis Vuitton buyers opt for.
It comes with a nylon cover.
Approximately $4,740 at select Louis Vuitton stores.
K-Pop fanatic -- MCM Express Line Trolley
K-Pop fans from all over the world have been packing their bags to visit -- or even move to -- Korea for a glimpse of their favorite stars.
MCM has been the brand of choice for many a Korean idol (and fans of Korean idols) ever since G-Dragon spearheaded the brand's cool factor when he was snapped carrying the MCM backpack at the airport.
The Express Line Trolley bag, with its trademark Cognac Visetos print is a chic choice for travelers looking for a new breed of logo-covered suitcases.
Available in vertical and horizontal styles.
MCM Flagship Store, 78-12 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea; +82 2 540 1404; Monday–Friday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday: noon–7 p.m.; closed Sunday; www.mcmworldwide.com
New parent -- Ride-On Carry-On
Cruising through an airport with a hyperactive toddler is no easy task with an additional stroller and bags in hand.
The inventor of the Ride-On Carry-On understood parents' travel dilemmas when creating a children’s chair that becomes a travel stroller when attached to a rolling carry-on. It requires no assembly and folds easily for cabin storage.
US$39.95 at www.rideoncarryon.com
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